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Old 02-03-2013, 06:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We noticed a woman walking a small dog on a flexi-lead today....around the corner from our house, the dog was about 15 feet into someone's front yard, the woman was still on the sidewalk. We drove on home and went inside. I took the dogs out back, came in about 15 minutes later. DH said hey look at that lady, she was about 10 feet in our front yard(7 feet from the house)she walked around our tree and onto our driveway and went even further towards our backyard, the flexil-lead was stretched all the way out so the dog was probably 30 feet down our driveway. By the time I got to the door she was headed back to the street. I yelled out "did you need help with something/" She said no, just out for a walk, and walked away. I couldn't believe it, I'll be watching for her now. I certainly don't need strange dogs peeing on my flower beds this summer..plus we don't use a lead on Tess at home ever, this dog was well past Tess's boundary line. She isn't aggressive towards other dogs, but that's pushing the envelope.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That was very inconsiderate & will get her dog hurt one day....not to mention someone giving her a earful.

When I walk my boy he stays on the road, we respect people's property.

If you catch her again politely tell her your yard is off limits & tell her to enjoy the rest of her walk
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Someone up the street from us had two Yorkies and let them do the same thing. Walking up in peoples yards on the Flexi. Our neighbors had a female Lab that didn't take too kindly to this activity. One day the Yorkies come by walking half way up the Labs yard and she nailed them. The Yorkie owner freaks and runs into the middle of the road. Her one Yorkie sustained back and leg damage. The Labs owners had to make an insurance claim for the vet bills and the Yorkie's owner sold her house and moved.
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Someone up the street from us had two Yorkies and let them do the same thing. Walking up in peoples yards on the Flexi. Our neighbors had a female Lab that didn't take too kindly to this activity. One day the Yorkies come by walking half way up the Labs yard and she nailed them. The Yorkie owner freaks and runs into the middle of the road. Her one Yorkie sustained back and leg damage. The Labs owners had to make an insurance claim for the vet bills and the Yorkie's owner sold her house and moved.
That is what I worry about. Tess isn't aggressive, but who knows if a strange dog comes so far in our yard, and it may be the aggressor. Plus it was a male and lifting it's leg everywhere. I take pride in my flower beds, and don't need that either..I'm going to watch for her, hopefully she realizes now that we pay attention and will leave my yard alone.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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i had this issue with a neighbor and after a few conversations it wasnt sinking in that my property wasnt their private toilet area......so i figured it would be ok to walk my pets down their way.....did i mention i also own 3 horses......wanna guess who won the poop contest???.....LOLOLOLOL it stopped real quick after that!!! lol
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm usually mindful of people's yards...but I don't think I'd mind if just the dog came onto my front yard and sniffed around a bit and maybe used the bathroom. If the person then came onto my yard and picked it up I wouldn't have any issues with that. From the sounds of your story though it is a little ridiculous for them to come that deep onto your property.

It's kind of a weird thing to get into a war with a neighbor over. If I was walking my dog and he came onto a neighbor's lawn, and that neighbor had a problem with it and let me know about it. I'd probably never help that person out if they asked for my help after that. But to each their own...

Also...depending on where you live, you'll have issues if YOUR dog attacks another dog that is on leash and on YOUR property. In reality...that dog is still under control and on lead while your dog is not. I'm not saying I agree with it, but you'll have a hard time explaining to a police officer or a judge why your dog decided to attack an on leash yorkie because it crossed into "her" territory.
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I used to tether up Abbi in the front yard just long enough that she could get about 3 ft from the sidewalk and driveway to driveway. kept people safe on their walks but away from my house/yard/cars. She was a sissy anyway and wouldnt go after another dog and she was always under my direct supervision but people knew to keep their space.
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That's really pushing it. You may have a very well mannered dog but it's not responsible for me to let my dog into your property like that assuming it'll be ok.
That lady might end up learning the hard way how to walk her dog responsibly. I know I'd try talking sense into her but I also know many people don't care to listen.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Ohio has a leash law and its a 6 foot leash. Letting a dog wonder 15 feet up into someone's yard on a Flexi is asking for trouble. The neighbors Lab was a nice dog, but she just had it with her territory being invaded on a regular basis.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Do you want to teach a neighbor responsibility? Yes...but do you want to do it because your dog ripped their dog to shreds? I don't think so...

They're your neighbors...and trust me the rest of your neighbors won't look at a situation like that and say "well you shouldn't have gone onto their lawn" they'll look at it as..."there is a crazy aggressive dangerous GSD living in our neighborhood and we need to figure out how to get that thing out of here"
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